Over two years ago outside experts conducted an audit of APP. The District has yet to respond to it. It is a project of the Strategic Plan, but one without a timeline, without a plan, and without any progress. The auditors were specifically asked, by the District, to offer an opinion about splitting the program. The auditors responded that they could not make any recommendation either for or against any sort of configuration BUT they absolutely and unquestionable warned that the District should not - under any circumstances - split the program until they had an aligned, written, taught and tested curriculum in place and functioning.
As we all know, the District has moved forward with splitting the program. When they did, they promised, as sincerely and solemnly as they ever promise anything, to have the APP curriculum up and running this fall concurrent with the split.
Well the split is here, where is the curriculum? It is nowhere to be seen. It is a fundamental element of Standards-based reform and a fundamental requirement of accountability for the performance goals - the expectations - to be clearly and explicitly stated in advance. For students, that's the Standards and the academic expectations, in short, the curriculum. So, rather than having the document but not disclosing it, it is necessary for both accountability and Standards-based reform that the curriculum be made public - in fact, that the students and their families be made explicitly aware of it. Yet there is none to be seen.
I have written to the Manager of Advanced Learning, who promised me that the curriculum would be in effect with the start of school this fall, and asked for the curriculum but I received no response. I have written to the Board asking them to ask about the APP curriculum, but have received no response. I have also asked about the training given to teachers on the curriculum but have received no response. I am beginning to suspect that the APP curriculum has not been implemented. I am beginning to suspect that the APP curriculum has not been written.
This would be an egregious failure by the District and would put a their credibility into an even deeper hole.
It is time for every person to ask: Where is the APP curriculum that was promised to be implemented this fall?